vintage interludes – pierre henry

vintage interlude – pierre henry

tripped across this while roaming sound cloud looking for suitable listening space soirees, this is out through Cacophonic (finders keepers) – a rare appearance of Pierre Henry’s lesser known score for ‘Malefices’- how this must have sounded back in 1962 to those more attuned to his manipulated tape constructs is any ones guess though I’m erring on the side of jaw dropping disbelief, fear and utter confusion for ‘la mort musique’ is a serious assault to the senses dragging you out of your comfort zone and throwing you ragged and head spinning into some primal pre-civilisation underbelly – all at once freaked and frenetic – for 5 minutes you are submerged and dragged – or so it seems – into an ever darkening ritualistic nightmare both threatening and hostile all bookended by chillingly sombre chamber motifs between which are encountered what sounds like the restless wakening of some prehistoric leviathan and the maddening dance of some would be voodoo offering.

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